Looking for a lofty vision? A new display technology called SED promises to not only be the next big thing in flat panel hang-on-the-wall TV, but to replace and all-but-eliminate everything that has come before, by offering better picture quality at a lower price. Despite the seemingly ever-expanding array of new thin screen and projection display technologies˜plasma, LCD, DLP, LCoS, OLED, etc.˜good old-fashioned 50-year old color CRT technology remains the gold standard of picture quality. So what if you could take the front surface of a CRT-type display, using the exact same phosphors as conventional TV sets, and eliminate the depth by using a
The International Communications Industries Association (ICIA), organizer of the InfoComm trade exhibition, released its 2005 Market Forecast Survey with figures pointing to what executive director Randy Lemke characterizes as a significant rise in the importance of the residential systems market sector to the group's audiovisual (AV) industry membership. "About 20 percent of our members are working in the residential environment, a dramatic change in the last two years," cites Lemke. The statistic comes as a revelation since the 2005 survey, conducted in October and November 2004, marked the first occasion where the category of "residential" was broken out as a separate market.
The good news for custom retailers is that everyone wants a home theater. Even better is the news that home theaters continue to be a "solution sale"—assessing wants and needs, addressing physical and time constraints, and finally selecting and delivering a complete solution. Unfortunately, many salespeople focus only on part of the solution—the electronics—and ignore or leave until the end the one item that significantly defines the rest of the solution—the actual home theater interior. A home theater interior includes the acoustical performance of the room, the type and placement of the seating, how well the room is sound-insulated from the rest of
We've seen quite a few DLP rear-projection sets over the past year or two, both in our testing area and at retail. While the viewing angles and form factors of these sets are a welcome improvement over traditional CRT-based rear-projection technology, we've more than once been turned off by the picture artifacts frequently seen on single chip models, including unnatural, oversaturated colors that stand out on a fluorescent showroom floor, but can look cartoonish and offputting in a home theater setting. Mitsubishi's WD-52825, however, is an exception to what we've come to expect from this category. It's unquestionably one of the best implementations of